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Become a TechSnips Contributor!

My name is Adam Bertram and Veronique has so graciously allowed me to guest post on her blog about a new service I’ve started that offers free, how-to content for tech professionals. OK, here’s the pitch: We’re geeks, right? We love tinkering with tech and figuring out better ways to solve problems. How cool would it be if lots of…

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SharePoint 2016

Create Sites using Fast Site Collection feature in SharePoint Server 2016

Fast Site Collection Creation is a new feature in SharePoint 2016, that enables Site Collections to be created in a much faster way that in previous versions. This feature actually uses a copy of a site template which is stored in the content database, with all the site’s features already enabled. If a SharePoint administrator has a requirement for creating…

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PowerShell for O365, PowerShell for SharePoint (on-prem), SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online

Create a SharePoint Taxonomy using PowerShell PnP and XML file

Today is all about SharePoint taxonomy with PowerShell PnP! In a nutshell, taxonomy is a hierarchical group of term sets & terms, that is provided by SharePoint when configuring the Managed Metadata Service Application (MMS). Creation of terms is done via the Term Store in SharePoint Server (when MMS is configured), and is also available in SharePoint Online. For more…

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SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016

Slipstream updates when installing SharePoint Server

If you’ve never heard of slipstreaming updates in SharePoint Server, this is the process of installing updates or feature packs directly from the get-go, before running the SharePoint Product Configuration Wizard. Let’s imagine we are building a brand new SharePoint farm (even small), and we know that a cumulative update or feature pack is already out there, released by Microsoft.…

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SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016

Configure SQL Aliases for SharePoint Server

SQL Aliases are optional (but recommended), and are a great way to configure your SharePoint environment. They allow for flexibility in case the SQL instance is changed, or the server names/IPs change then it’s possible to only “re-point” to the new servers. This way, there’s no need to reinstall SharePoint for the new server/instance. SQL Aliases are configured on each…

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Add PowerBI Pro to an Office 365 tenant

PowerBI itself comes into multiple flavors, and also carrying a few types of configuration along with it. Especially with Office 365. In this blog post, we’ll look at adding (linking) PowerBI Pro to an Office 365 tenant, but we should also go through a bit of description.     PowerBI flavors As mentioned previously, PowerBI options and features vary depending on the…

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PowerShell for SharePoint (on-prem), SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016

Create the Word Automation Service Application in SharePoint Server (GUI & PowerShell)

The Word Automation service application in SharePoint Server performs the conversion of documents supported by Microsoft Word. Not a very popular nor configured service application from my work experience, but it can be useful. In this post, we’ll learn how to create this Word Automation service application using Central Admin (GUI) as well as PowerShell.   Create the Word Automation…

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